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Healthcare provider selection for elderly patients suffering from NCD's: an analysis with the combined approach of DEMATEL and AHP

Ankit Singh (MBA (Hospital and Healthcare Management), Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences, A Constituent of Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India)
Ajeya Jha (Department of Management Studies, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, Majhitar, India)
Shankar Purbey (Department of Management Studies, Development Management Institute, Patna, India)
Priya Ravi (Manipal Hospital, Pune, India)

Journal of Integrated Care

ISSN: 1476-9018

Article publication date: 6 June 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Elderly patients suffering from non-communicable disease face a dilemma in the selection of healthcare providers. This study attempts to identify the key variables playing a crucial role and identify the appropriate healthcare destination with the help of a combination of Decision-making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL) and analytic hierarchy process (AHP) techniques. The primary objective is to introduce the DEMATEL and AHP as efficient decision-making methods to choose the right healthcare provider for elderly patients suffering from non-communicable diseases.

Design/methodology/approach

An integrative approach utilizing DEMATEL and AHP is used to reach the ideal solution for healthcare provider selection decisions. The DEMATEL approach is used to segregate the cause and effect variables. Similarly, the AHP is used to identify the weights of the top five cause-inducing variables, and the paired comparison method is used to select the healthcare provider.

Findings

The variables such as dependency on family members, easily accessible services, and patient autonomy play a vital role in the selection decision of healthcare providers in elderly patients suffering from non-communicable diseases.

Practical implications

In terms of priority, home healthcare should be considered the preferred provider for elderly patients suffering from non-communicable diseases followed by neighbourhood registered medical practitioners and hospitals.

Originality/value

This is the first of its kind study which has attempted to solve the healthcare provider selection decision with the combined approach of DEMATEL and AHP.

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Citation

Singh, A., Jha, A., Purbey, S. and Ravi, P. (2022), "Healthcare provider selection for elderly patients suffering from NCD's: an analysis with the combined approach of DEMATEL and AHP", Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICA-11-2021-0056

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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